A Better Battleship Strategy

With the movie coming to theaters soon, there is a renewed interest in the board game Battleship. If you are cutthroat about winning, you'll want to check out a tutorial on Battleship by Nick Berry of DataGenetics, the guy who brought us A Better Hangman Strategy. Be warned: there is math involved.

Mathematically, the chances of playing a perfect game with random firing are easy to calculate and are: 355,687,428,096,000 / 2,365,369,369,446,553,061,560,941,772,800,000 (This equates to, on average, once in every 6,650,134,872,937,201,800 games!)

But you can raise those offs with ...more math! And lots of graphs. Link -Thanks, Nick!

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Since it's mathematical, the strategy depends on your opponent placing ships randomly. Battleship was always meant to be a game played with someone familiar so you can try to "guess" your opponent's placement based on what you know about them.
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